Trying On the Trawler Lifestyle with a Kadey-Krogen 48 on the Chesapeake

How would you like to try on the trawler lifestyle to see how it fits you? The Annapolis School of Seamanship has an interesting offer.
The Kadey-Krogen 48'

The Kadey-Krogen 48'

The vast majority of our readers have one thing in common; a passion for living aboard boats for both short and long periods of time, whether we’re already doing it or still dreaming about it.  If you’re in the latter group and would like to get a good taste of the lifestyle — after all, it’s the lifestyle that you need to be comfortable with — you might consider signing up for a one-week Trawler Training Charter from the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

According to the company, the new program is:

“…for anyone considering joining the cruising-under-power community but who wants to know if life at 8 knots meets their cruising expectations. There is no better way to become acquainted with the cruising lifestyle than to experience it firsthand. Annapolis School of Seamanship offers a unique opportunity for anyone considering the purchase of a trawler, transitioning from sail to power, or who is simply curious about slow, safe, and comfortable cruising. A training charter is the ideal way to truly test the waters. No experience is necessary for this charter as the week-long liveaboard offering is all under the guidance of a USCG-licensed captain and experienced mate.”

A three-stateroom Kadey-Krogen 48′ is the flagship for the program and can accommodate one or two couples, or a small family, plus the captain and crew. You move onboard the trawler in Annapolis and head off for seven days and six nights, getting to know the lifestyle and acquiring some cruising basic knowledge.  A typical itinerary will include port calls in the Solomons, St. Michaels, and Baltimore.  All the detailed arrangements are made for you by the crew, so you won’t have to worry about slip reservations, and the crew will handle the close-quarters maneuvering and docking chores, to allow you to build your own confidence levels rather than build your stress levels.

The Annapolis School has worked out a deal with Kadey-Krogen so that if you later on decide to purchase a new Krogen trawler, the Training Charter cost will be deducted from the price of the new boat.  Given that the Krogen 48′ is one of the most popular liveaboard trawlers in the industry, the Annapolis School of Seamanship Trawler Training Charter sounds like a great way to get your toes in the saltwater.

You can reach the Annapolis School of Seamanship at their website or at 866.369.2248.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom’s tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .